Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday warned President Trump against drawing down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying it could be a “humiliating” moment akin to the 1975 fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.
Trump reportedly plans to reduce troop levels to 2,500 in each country before President-elect Joe Biden takes office Jan. 20 — down from 4,500 in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq currently.
The White House and Pentagon didn’t deny the reports.
McConnell (R-Ky.) stridently objected, saying in a Senate floor speech that “a rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm.”
“The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, which fueled the rise of ISIS and a new round of global terrorism. It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975,” he said.